“Blue Moon Heart” and “Houston Street” (attached), is my 4th single from “Pop Top,” my latest intangible album release. “Blue Moon Heart” is a driving, grinding rocker, with a solid hook and a rippin’ sound, hugely due to an incredible mastering job by my longtime production partner, Grammy winner Garey Shelton.
“Houston Street” (pronounced House-ton), channels the often infamous, though equally often good old days of lower Manhattan, in the late 70’s and early 80’s when I was a young first-hand witness.
I’m very excited about this release, as these tunes have become go-to live numbers at our shows, which are nearly back to normal in frequency (thankfully), in this COVID “Twilight Zone.”
The last single (“Stop the Words” and “Evil Touch”) was as surprisingly successful, if not more so, than the first two, two-sided intangible releases.
“Stop the Words” was chosen on April 26th as part of the “Coolest Song in the World” series, by The Underground Garage (Sirius XM and many syndicators).
“Evil Touch,” the flip side, a snarly rocker in the vein of “Opportunity Knocks” and “Hello Mary Jane” from the first two singles from “Pop Top.”
It also did startlingly well with folks who prioritize basic, rootsy rock and roll.
The album is all, newly available, intangible material (other than “Restless Night,” my first Big Stir Records single back in 2019).
“Pop Top” is available for downloads at Power Popaholic’s Bandcamp page here:
The first single from “Pop Top,” “Still a Part of Me” and “Opportunity Knocks,” debuted on the Radio Indie Alliance Top-75 chart on February 7th at the #1 spot.
It stayed in the top-5 for three weeks (five weeks overall) and got great spins outside of the indie rock radio stations, specialty shows and podcasts which report there.
Those included “Goldies Garage” on The Underground Garage and many other notables.
The 2nd single, “Hello Mary Jane” and “My Vision of You” debuted on the Radio Indie Alliance Top-75 on April 18th at #46.
It stayed on the chart for four weeks, peaking at #2 for the week of April 25th.
It was played on hundreds of stations, specialty shows and podcasts and got nice traction on The Underground Garage, including “Rodney on the Rock,” “Bill Kelly’s Blackhole Bandstand” and more.
It may have hung on longer if “Stop the Words” didn’t start getting widely played, off it being spun heavily on The Underground Garage, one of the top tastemakers in indie rock and roll over the last 20 years.
Prior to this latest 4th single release from the album, “Stop the Words,” debuted on the Radio Indie Alliance Top-75 on May 9th at #11.
It moved to the #10 spot in the next week and #15 in the following week, without the single being pushed to radio by any professional promoter or label (other than yours truly).
It stayed in the chart until June 13th, when it last sat at #22. Here is the complete chart history of my music on the Radio Indie Alliance Top-75:
Jim Basnight started recording solo and with the Moberlys in the late 70’s and led a pre-grunge original rock and roll scene in his native Seattle, before relocating to NYC in 1980. He’s been working live and releasing records ever since.
Armed in NY with his first album “The Moberlys” (on Seattle’s Safety First Label), he received critical acclaim in NY from among others Trouser Press, New York Rocker and Rolling Stone Record Guide. He reformed the Moberlys and worked with various east coast musicians and producers before returning to Seattle in 1984 where he found a more fertile ground to carve out a rock and roll living.
In 1985 Basnight moved to LA, CA with a third version of the Moberlys on the heels of his second album “Sexteen” on the Lolita label (France). In LA the Moberlys recorded with REM’s Peter Buck for EMI-America Records and several other noted producers.
Not securing an album release with EMI, led to the band separating in 1989. Jim took his reels of Moberlys tapes and continued to record in LA, leading to “Pop Top” (on his own Precedent label), his 3rd album release (first on CD) in 1993, after again returning to Seattle in 1992.
There he worked live with the Rockinghams in the NW, as well as solo. Basnight co-composed “Little Rock,” a regionally successful musical, with productions in various US markets in 1994-96. Also in ’96 Jim released “Sexteen,” a CD album with the Bear Family (Germany) Records label of early Moberlys material.
That album was followed by the solo CD album “The Jim Basnight Thing” (1997 on Precedent), a Rockinghams CD album “Makin’ Bacon” (1999 on Not Lame), “Seattle-NY-LA” (2001) a CD album compilation of latter day Moberlys tracks on the Pop the Balloon label (France) and the solo “Recovery Room” (2004) on Precedent.
After the Rockinghams split in 1999, Jim turned the Jim Basnight Band into a full-time working pursuit, constantly traveling in the NW region (up to the present at the rate of 200 dates per year in WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, UT and CA), while issuing CD compilations of past material in Italy (Rave Up Records 2006), Japan (Wizzard-In-Vinyl 2006) and the USA (Disclosed Records 2008).
After working as a sports website journalist with the Seattle Times, Yahoo and ESPN from 2005-11 to support a new family while still gigging the region, Basnight became a managing partner in a research project on blues icon “Sonny Boy Williamson” (Alex Miller) in 2012.
Jim released the CD album “Introducing Jim Basnight” in 2012 on Precedent and continued his “Sonny Boy” research and shows. In 2019 Basnight released “Not Changing,” which received a strong response from indie radio, specialty shows and widely heard podcasts, as well as notable reviews from around the globe.
Jim’s new release is “Jokers, Idols and Misfits” on Precedent (November 2020 CD) and on Dangerhouse Skylab (August 2021 LP) and has expanded on the momentum of “Not Changing.” Since the release of “Jokers, Idols and Misfits,” Basnight has released, for download and streaming only; “Seattle-NY-LA” (April 2021), “Makin’ Bacon” (August 2021) and “Pop Top” (March 2022), all three brand new to online platforms.
Jim has appeared with acts such as the Ramones, the Police, the Romantics, the Band and Billy Idol and has shared stages with original members of Blondie, Guns and Roses, Heart, New York Dolls, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Janes Addiction, REM, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
In late 2020 Jim placed all 138 of his published compositions and co-written songs with Wixen Music in LA, CA. Basnight is represented by the European 4W1 Agency. Jim’s biography on Miller is scheduled to be published in 2022. Basnight was nominated in January 2022, in the Best Male Artist Category for a 2021 Radio-WIGWAM Online Music Award. In April 2022, Jim’s track “Stop The Words” was chosen “Coolest Song In The World,” by Little Steven’s Underground Garage (Sirius XM).
Contact Jim Basnight at: 20736 NE Puget Street, Indianola, WA 98342, (206) 660-2471, email@example.com https://jimbasnightmusic.com/ Facebook and Twitter
Jim Basnight – Blue Moon Heart
Jim Basnight – Houston Street
Jim Basnight – Stop The Words
Jim Basnight – Opportunity Knocks
Jim Basnight – Still a Part of Me
Jim Basnight – Never Get Lost
Jim Basnight – Stop the Words